Live In Italy [DVD] review by The Calling

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  • Released: Nov 2, 2004
  • Sound: 10
  • Content: 10
  • Production Quality: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 6.7 (10 votes)
The Calling: Live In Italy [DVD]

Sound — 10
Known for their melodic and deep music, The Calling have built up an army of die-hard fans worldwide. Although their biggest fan base is argubly Brazil, the band have ventured to Italy to record some intimate acoustic songs from their debut album Camino Palmero. The Calling's music has won over legions of fans, and this DVD makes full use of singer Alex Band's unique voice. The DVD is from the "Music In High Places" series and the Calling aren't the first to be subject to these street acoustic sessions. Considering that all the songs are played in back alleys, riversides and Italian plazas, the sound never falters and everyone can be heard perfectly.

Content — 10
To be honest, the DVD does suffer in the extras department. However I feel that it makes up for it in other areas. At 56mins, the main feature isn't the longest but it contains seven songs from the album (eight if you include "Thank You" which was strangely not included in the main feature or named on the back of the casing) including the hit "Wherever You Will Go". The songs are broken up by stories of the band visiting different cities in Italy and sampling local culture. One member gives an interview in each different city and describes why they have chosen to visit before the camera pans down from the sky to catch them playing to small crowds. There are at least 25 minutes worth of extras including the option just to watch all the songs in alphabetical order, useful if you're only interested in the music.

Production Quality — 10
To keep it brief, the quality is like all DVDs really amazing. The sound is available in Dolby 5.1 digital which truly enhances the effect of the acoustic performances.

Overall Impression — 10
I love The Calling, so to be honest this review is a bit biased, but I don't feel anyone can deny the fact that Alex and Aaron have formed a truly amazing band with heartfelt songs that anyone can relate to. Alex's vocals can melt even the hardest heart and the intimate performances are guaranteed to entertain. I thoroughly enjoyed this DVD, although I would recommend it only to major fans of the band because basically not everyone likes them. But if you do, this is a truly impressive DVD and worth the hefty price (12 in England).

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